In today’s Blog Post we are going to meet two more Amazing Allies who are powerful members of your Wise Inner Council. They are aspects of your Wise Inner Self and they will guide you if you are feeling lost. These Magical Mentors who reside within your subconscious, are part of your Intuition and are patiently waiting for you to be aware of them and to work with them.
Meet The Bone Collector:
The Bone Collector is inspired from La Loba, an indigeous character brought back to our consciousness by Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Women Who Run with the Wolves (Must Read!). I first chanced upon the Bone Collector in the book The Map by Colette Baron-Reid (Must Must Read!), who wrote about the Bone Collector, inspired by the Mexican folklore of La Loba. In The Map, Colette Baron-Reid creates the character as a Mystical guide to reclaim our brokenness.
Here’s some background on the Bone Collector as Clarissa Pinkola Estes tells the story from the deserts and mountains of Northern Mexico about La Loba. The sole work of La Loba is the collecting of bones. Her cave is filled with the bones of all manner of desert creatures: but her specialty is said to be wolves. After collecting the bones on the ground, La Loba sings and the wolf creature begins to breathe. And as she sings, the wolf opens its eyes, leaps up, and runs away down the canyon.
“Somewhere in its running, whether by the speed of its running, or by splashing its way into a river, or by way of a ray of sunlight or moonlight hitting it right in the side, the wolf is suddenly transformed into a laughing woman who runs free toward the horizon.
Bones represent the indestructible force. In myth and story they represent the indestructible soul-spirit. We know the soul-spirit can be injured, even maimed, but it is very nearly impossible to kill." writes Colette Baron-Reid
In The Map, the Bone Collector safeguards the Broken parts of you - whether it’s Beliefs or Lost Dreams or Memories of Failure & Shame. The broken bones have long been buried in our past, but the Bone Collector understands there’s real value in those Bones. The Bone Collector waits for us till we are ready to meet her. She has the ability to transform what is broken within us, by singing her chant and her melody, singing life into you, integrating the broken bones back into you as a powerful lesson, insight or wisdom.
Ultimately it is true that Pain turns into Purpose, a Perceived Curse can transform into a Divine Blessing, a Wound can transform into the Wolf/Woman who runs wild and free. The Bone Collector understands what is broken can heal and transform into something even stronger.
Conversation with the Bone Collector
Summon the Bone Collector
Tell her which Bone you would like to integrate. You can describe it to her and tell her your wish for it to be transformed into medicine
You want the lesson from that old experience and knowing it will support you and give you strength
The Bone Collector blows into the Bone she has been keeping for you and she sings life into it
As the bone begins to heal and colour returns to it
She hands it back to you and now you have its indestructible power
You can integrate the wisdom of the bone back into yourself understanding the lesson and wisdom from it
The Gentle Gardener
The next mystical character is the Gentle Gardener, she's the sister of the Bone Collector. She helps you plant seeds in the field of dreams and gives you all the Gardening 101 tips to grow and support your dreams.
Basically the tenet of You Reap What You Sow is essential for you to make sure your garden flourishes. For your soil to be fertile, you have to prepare your foundation. You have to know what you are planting, so planning and preparation is important. Don’t just scatter your seeds, hoping for the best. After all you want to ensure that the seeds you plant are intentional.’
You have to get to work to weed out bad habits or relationships that are not working. You have to toss away situations that are not producing fruits for all your labour. Remember to use those weeds you have pulled out as lessons, that are now fertilising your life with rich insights.
The Gentle Gardener is your guardian in the Garden of your soul. She’s there to answer any questions you have, but she’s not there to tell you what to sow. She appears in the garden of your mind where you convene with her. She’s going to help you infuse intention into the seed you plant and she’s going guide you with whatever you need. Take a moment to meet with her and ask for her help to plant new seeds of ideas, dreams, habits.
Connect with the Gentle Gardener
Connect with the Gentle Gardener
You can ask her questions like if you are planting the right seeds for your dreams
You can ask her if you should weed your garden
When you are ready, let her know what seed you would like the plant for today.
Infuse the seed with your intention by breathing life into it
Ask her to show you what are the next action steps you have to take to ensure that you seed will sprout.
Ask her to show you where there are any weeds that might choke out the new seed. Eg if you want to lose weight and be healthy, but you are constantly watching junk TV and eating junk food ask her to show you how to focus on the right nutrients to ensure your seed flourishes
Learning to work with the Bone Collector helps us shift our perspective. She collects our former hurts and transforms them into power. She lifts us from victim hood into the space of the Warrior who has survived and now is ready to thrive.
The Gentle Gardener reminds us that it takes thoughtful actionable steps and habits to manifest our dreams and to cultivate a life that we love. The Garden is yours and you can manifest anything you so desire.